RB: Christian McCaffrey

Panthers coach Matt Rhule said he's "hopeful" Christian McCaffrey (hamstring) plays in Week 5 against the Eagles.

Even so, he said the team won't put McCaffrey "in danger" just two weeks after the 25-year-old suffered a significant hamstring strain in-game. McCaffrey was limited for Wednesday's practice (and is expected to be limited again Thursday) but there's no guarantee he returns in Week 5 unless he's fully healthy. Chuba Hubbard handled 15-of-23 backfield touches as Carolina's starter against Dallas and will be used heavily on early downs again if McCaffrey sits.

SOURCE: Dave Zangaro on Twitter Oct 7, 2021, 10:05 AM ET